Previous Chapter Chapter 11: Undoing Next Chapter

  • Citations
  • Add to My List
  • Text Size


“I have done that,” says my memory.

“I cannot have done that,” says my pride,

and remains inexorable. Eventually—memory yields.

—Friedrich Nietzsche, 1886/1989, p. 801

Pride is not the only emotion that prompts people to relinquish the memory of experiences that they wish to forget. Shame, regret, humiliation, and other painful feelings affect a person's desire to dismiss perceived transgressions. Depending on the contextual circumstances of the behavior that is attempted to be forgotten, the letting-go process may be purposeful or maladaptive. In a related direction, individuals may pursue a step beyond memory yield and take an action that seeks to negate or undo a prior act. Through an expiatory gesture, a person may retract a previous behavior. A woman, for instance, says to a friend, “I don't ...

Looks like you do not have access to this content.


Don’t know how to login?

Click here for free trial login.

Back to Top

Copy and paste the following HTML into your website